Very few of
us have ever heard of the “Montevideo Maru” and yet it is listed as the
nation’s worst ever maritime disaster.
On the 22nd
June 1942 the Japanese ordered 845 POW’s and 208 civilian internees held in
Rabaul to be placed aboard for transportation to
Government gave no indication of the tragic loss of life or even of the sinking
of this ship giving rise to rumours that these POW’s had never been on the
ship but had been executed in Rabaul.
Even though the circumstances of the sinking of the “Montevideo Maru” have been shrouded in mystery government reports have concluded that all of the Australians went down with the ship
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